Red Lights District of Amsterdam

It’s very likely that you’ve heard of this neighborhood, and to be fair, everything you’ve heard is probably real. From brothel to sex shops to museums, the Amsterdam Red Light District has it all. Although contrary to what many people would think, the Amsterdam Red Light District has a rather nice environment and is not as unsafe as it used to be.

Amsterdam prides itself, and understandably so, on its absolutely liberal and inclusive mentality, accepting the idea that people can become prostitutes, soft drugs and pornographers. And it’s all human. So instead of criminalizing it all, they appreciate the sincerity of it all. Today, prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, but not on the streets. That’s why the prostitutes in Amsterdam are standing behind the window and have their own room.

The name “Red Light District” derives from the red neon lights that illuminate the 300 windows where women work.

Amsterdam has three separate Red Light districts, but the most prominent and attractive is the one situated in the middle of the city. Watch out for pickpockets as this is usually a crowded area.

Feeling like exploring this area but you feel a bit intimidated? We recommend opting for one of the walking tours offered by the city to have the opportunity to learn the history of this area in a respectful and interesting way. Refrain from taking photos or videos of the women working in the red light district as it strictly forbidden.